A Happy, Healthy Family

7.15.2016

Loaded Sweet Potatoes



Loaded potatoes are amazing--and they're also amazingly unhealthy. Potatoes themselves aren't that bad for you, but pile on the cheese, the sour cream, the butter, the salt, and the bacon, and you've created a dish that is high in saturated fat and sodium.

Still, sometimes it's just comforting to have a baked potato for dinner or lunch, so here's a recipe for one that is much healthier.

No, it doesn't taste like a traditional loaded potato, but it also won't make you feel uncomfortably full when you're done, and it is actually beneficial for your health instead of being detrimental. I've included the option of topping the potato with a little cheese, but don't absolutely smother it. A little extra-sharp Cheddar goes a long way!

The base is a sweet potato, which most people probably know is a major superfood. Sweet potatoes are packed with vitamin A, vitamin C, fiber, potassium, and calcium, and most kids love them. Instead of topping your sweet potatoes with butter, sugar, and cinnamon, try this savory variation instead.



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Loaded Sweet Potatoes
This is a healthier take on the comfort food that is a loaded potato. Instead of being piled high with fatty toppings, it's chock-full of nutrients.
Ingredients
  • 4 medium sweet potatoes
  • 1 zucchini, diced
  • 1 1/2 c broccoli florets
  • 1 1/2 c cauliflower florets
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 T avocado oil
  • 1/2 t sea salt
  • 1/4 t garlic powder
  • 1/4 t paprika
  • 1/2 c black beans, cooked
  • 1/2 c sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded (optional)
Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.2. Spread zucchini, broccoli, cauliflower, and bell pepper on baking sheet. Drizzle with oil and sprinkle with sea salt, garlic powder, and paprika. Roast in oven for 25 minutes or until fork tender.3. Meanwhile, bake sweet potatoes in oven or microwave.4. Slice open baked potatoes and spoon 1/4 of vegetable mixture into each one. Divide black beans among the potatoes, and top with cheese (optional).
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 4 servings



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